Facebook Just Gave 1.3 Billion Messenger Users A Reason To Delete Their Accounts

Facebook has been eavesdropping on Messenger conversations, it has emerged. Here’s what happened and what to do.

14.8.2019

Facebook has been eavesdropping on Messenger conversations, it has emerged. Here's what happened and what to do:

Facebook has been eavesdropping on Messenger conversations, it has emerged. Here’s what happened and what to do.

upcoming merging of this app with WhatsApp . It’s difficult to gauge how many people actually used the transcription functionality and what proportion of these were being listened to. But the audio snippets were apparently anonymized to mask people’s identities. Facebook has “time and time again shown little regard for users' privacy,” says security researcher Sean Wright. “While I understand there could be a legitimate need to have a human review the recordings from time to time, this should be made absolutely explicit to the user.” It’s therefore a major concern that seemingly private Facebook Messenger conversations were listened to by a human being. It also adds fuel to the fire for the tin foil hat wearing Facebook users out there. There’s long been a (unproven) conspiracy that Facebook is somehow listening to people’s conversations via their phone mic, and serving them relevant advertising as a result. It also sees Facebook become the fourth company to confirm that human contractors are listening to people’s private conversations. In July, it emerged that Apple contractors were listening to Siri conversations . Earlier in July, it was revealed that Google was doing the same with its Home Assistant interactions. Back in April, it emerged that the Amazon assistant Alexa was recording sometimes private conversations. This month, Vice’s Motherboard revealed that some . Facebook eavesdropping: What to do So, what should you do? Facebook users should really know by now that using Messenger for private conversations isn’t very secure. “Facebook already admits to scanning Messenger content such as text, images and links for many reasons so transcribing audio or video content is really just an add on to what they are already doing,” points out Jake Moore, cybersecurity specialist at ESET. “Micro targeted advertising is their multimillion-dollar business so naturally there may be data within this audio which will add to people’s profile,” says Moore. “However, where this becomes a privacy matter or even grey area is, people wrongly tend to assume that this content is private from all eyes and ears.” Personally, I don’t use Facebook Messenger at all: Services such as Signal are so much more secure for your daily communication. But is it time to delete Facebook entirely? Perhaps: After , the Silicon Valley giant has done nothing to show it’s taking good care of your data. If deleting your account entirely is too much, you could start with the app. Apple has already made a change that stops apps such as Facebook from collecting data in the background as it moves to try and improve user privacy. If you care about your privacy, ethical hacker John Opdenakker recommends uninstalling the app. “If you still want to use Facebook and Messenger on your phone, at least check the app permissions and switch off access to the microphone if it’s enabled.” You carry your phone around everywhere and that gives apps such as Facebook access to a lot of data. If you are concerned about that, why not just use it on your desktop instead? Follow me on Read more: Forbes

Facebook is no more save honestly even in previous some other apps does this same KateOflaherty Another crap article by a quasi-journalist writing for Forbes. Anyone who thinks using Facebook meant they were private was a fool & how did you think these voice to text engines learned? Magic? No, they’re made better by comparison of actual voices to translations. Grow up Kate.

I uninstalled facebook messenger still I receive alerts.. that's so disturbing! Don't use Facebook simple, use signalapp or wire Facebook users have been told repeatedly that their privacy is non-existent and it rolls along. Why the govt does nothing?... oh wait .. MONEY . campaigns, voter info, lobbyists...

people are still going to use it. LONG ago people gave up privacy for convenience. it's human nature. Yup right!!! Oh wow, I'm shocked. Can't wait to never try Facebook's very own currency Libra. Step 1: deletefacebook gud

Facebook Just Gave 1.3 Billion Messenger Users A Reason To Delete Their AccountsFacebook has been eavesdropping on Messenger conversations, it has emerged. Here’s what happened and what to do. They own Instagram, so what's the point? That may be so, but Facebook is anything but private. 'The future is private' they say. 🤣🤣🤣 I mean at least they only want to make billions off of us instead of stage our suicide. Oh wait... 🤔

Facebook Just Gave 1.3 Billion Messenger Users A Reason To Delete Their AccountsFacebook has been eavesdropping on Messenger conversations, it has emerged. Here’s what happened and what to do. Facebook should be outlawed. This company has gotten away with murder. Twitter is the only social media worth anything. i just need one Hello!

Facebook Just Gave 1.3 Billion Messenger Users A Reason To Delete Their AccountsFacebook has been eavesdropping on Messenger conversations, it has emerged. Here’s what happened and what to do. They didn't need a reason facebook is trash Stay on Twitter. If Facebook's actions over the past two years haven't convinced you, nothing will.

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio clipsFacebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns, as users aren't typically aware that humans are reviewing audio. AmandeepJagde 🤡 Big Tech needs to be smashed to pieces! Aclu Aclu and johnny Cochran help y'all lol.

Facebook reportedly hired people to transcribe voice calls made on MessengerFacebook hired people to transcribe Facebook Messenger voice chats, according to a report. LOL, this is liberal America. the zuck is cucking our voice calls Every day I see another reason why I'm glad I deleted my facebook account

Facebook listened to user conversations: reportFacebook acknowledged the transcriptions, which were first reported by Bloomberg, and said they were made with user permission but the practice has nonetheless been stopped.



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